NGO SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH LANDMARK UNIVERSITY

On Thursday 19th May, 2022, the Kwara Agricultural Network team (a non-governmental organization) paid a courtesy visit to the University’s management seeking collaborations on agriprenuership, agricultural value chain, research and training. 

Receiving the team, the acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Charity Aremu noted that the institution’s research endeavour is guided by United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the twelve Landmark University Strategic Goals. She stated that Landmark is open to collaborating in areas of advancement that would further situate students’ development and attract them to agribusiness, in addition to the agriprenuership programme already ongoing. Professor Charity Aremu then urged the team to work on maximizing value chain in order to curb food waste in the country. “Platforms must be created to develop ways to incite the youths to participate in agriculture. To find a way forward, we must consider agriculture, food system and value chains”. 

Speaking on the purpose of the visit, the Chief Executive Officer, Kwara Agricultural Network, Mr Al-Mustapha Ibrahim, intimated the management on the activities of the organization which are related to SDG 2 (zero hunger). He noted further that their NGO is spearheading the Zero Hunger Kwara project launched by the Kwara State government to eradicate food insecurity in the state. According to him, his organization is charged to collaborate with Landmark University going by her agrarian drive and research pedigree. Mr Ibrahim further made it known that the visit is aimed at proposing collaboration between the institution and the Zero Hunger Kwara project and the Kwara State Ministry of Agriculture on a value chain specialization programme. The programme is aimed at training over three thousand youths on innovation, technology and other agricultural practices. In his presentation, Mr Ibrahim added that to achieve zero hunger, Artificial Intelligence and drone technology are areas that must be properly harnessed, hence the quest to collaborate with the university on the training. 

Concluding the meeting, some members of management in the meeting applauded the ideas of Kwara Agricultural Network towards eradicating food insecurity through youth engagement in agriprenuership. They, thereafter, advised the team to engage in more productive programmes that would positively impact the society and the nation at large.


 

 
 

 

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